|Born||June 11, 1956,|
Waterloo, Iowa, U.S.
|5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)|
179 lb (81 kg; 12 st 11 lb)
Boston College Eagles
Northern Michigan Wildcats
|WHA Draft||206th overall, 1974|
|Alma mater||Boston College|
Northern Michigan University
|Head coaching record|
|Overall||265–263–68 (.502) (college)|
- For the Canadian defenseman who played in the NHL during the 1950s, see Gus Kyle
Career[edit | edit source]
Kyle started his college career with Boston College, spending two seasons with the program before leaving after the Eagles lost the 1978 title game. He spent a year in the USHL while transferring to Northern Michigan and once he got back into the college ranks he found himself a runner-up for a second time in 1980.
After finishing his eligibility in 1981 Kyle turned to coaching with his alma mater first as a graduate assistant and then a full-time assistant. In the early 1990s Kyle started working as a coach for USA Hockey as both an assistant and head coach for the World Junior Team. While coaching the national program Kyle left his position at Northern Michigan to become a head coach, first for the Seattle Thunderbirds in 1992. Kyle was an assistant coach, under Ron Wilson, for Team USA at the 1994 Men's World Ice Hockey Championships held in Bolzano, Italy. By the late '90s Kyle worked his way up to the NHL as an assistant with both the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim and New York Rangers sandwiched around a short stint with the Hamilton Bulldogs.
In 2002 Rick Comley, the only coach the program at Northern Michigan ever had, left the university. A few months later Walt Kyle returned to Marquette, Michigan to become the second head coach for the team. Kyle's early results with the Wildcats were good, winning 20+ games in each of his first four seasons, but over the course of his 15-year tenure the club slowly declined both in the standings and in relevance. Kyle was never able to win either a conference or tournament title in his time behind the bench and only made one NCAA tournament appearance in 2010.
Towards the end of his time with Northern Michigan Kyle got into trouble off the ice. He was put on administrative leave in January 2015 and just over two years later he was arrested on fraud charges. While prosecutors ultimately dismissed the charges the rumors surrounding the charge contributed to his firing at the end of the 2017 season.
Head coaching record[edit | edit source]
College[edit | edit source]
|Northern Michigan Wildcats (CCHA) (2002–2013)|
|2002–03||Northern Michigan||22–17–2||14–13–1||t-5th||CCHA Third Place Game (Win)|
|2003–04||Northern Michigan||21–16–4||13–13–2||7th||CCHA Third Place Game (Loss)|
|2004–05||Northern Michigan||22–11–7||17–7–4||3rd||CCHA Quarterfinals|
|2005–06||Northern Michigan||22–16–2||14–12–2||t-4th||CCHA Third Place Game (Loss)|
|2006–07||Northern Michigan||15–24–2||10–17–1||10th||CCHA Quarterfinals|
|2007–08||Northern Michigan||20–20–4||12–13–3||6th||CCHA Third Place Game (Win)|
|2008–09||Northern Michigan||19–17–5||11–12–5–3||6th||CCHA Third Place Game (Win)|
|2009–10||Northern Michigan||20–13–8||13–9–6–3||4th||NCAA West Regional Semifinals|
|2010–11||Northern Michigan||15–19–5||12–13–3–0||6th||CCHA First Round|
|2011–12||Northern Michigan||17–14–6||11–11–6–3||6th||CCHA First Round|
|2012–13||Northern Michigan||15–19–4||9–15–4–1||10th||CCHA First Round|
|Northern Michigan Wildcats (WCHA) (2013–2017)|
|2013–14||Northern Michigan||15–21–2||13–14–1||7th||WCHA First Round|
|2014–15||Northern Michigan||14–18–6||11–13–4||7th||WCHA First Round|
|2015–16||Northern Michigan||15–16–7||12–11–5||5th||WCHA First Round|
|2016–17||Northern Michigan||13–22–4||10–15–3–1||8th||WCHA First Round|
Conference Regular Season Champion
Conference Tournament Champion
References[edit | edit source]
- "Walt Kyle Year-by-Year Coaching Record", USCHO.com. Retrieved on July 1, 2017.
- "Comley Named New MSU Coach", USCHO.com, March 24, 2002. Retrieved on July 1, 2017.
- "Kyle Named New NMU Coach", USCHO.com, June 13, 2002. Retrieved on July 1, 2017.
- "Northern Michigan puts Kyle on administrative leave; assistants to take charge", USCHO.com, January 21, 2015. Retrieved on July 1, 2017.
- "Former Northern Michigan coach Kyle arrested on fraud charges", USCHO.com, March 12, 2017. Retrieved on July 1, 2017.
- Pietila, Alissa. "Prosecutor dismisses charges against Walt Kyle", Upper Michigans Source, WLUC-TV, April 13, 2017. Retrieved on July 1, 2017.
- "Kyle out after 15 years as Northern Michigan head coach", USCHO.com, March 10, 2017. Retrieved on July 1, 2017.
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- Biographical information and career statistics from NHL.com, or Eliteprospects.com, or ESPN.com, or Eurohockey.com, or Hockey-Reference.com, or The Internet Hockey Database
|Northern Michigan Wildcats men's ice hockey|
|Playing venues||Lakeview Arena (1976–1999 - Berry Events Center (1999–Present)|
|Head coaches||Rick Comley (1976–2002) - Walt Kyle (2002–2017) - Grant Potulny (2017–present)|
|Seasons||1976–77 - 1977–78 - 1978–79 - 1979–80 - 1980–81 - 1981–82 - 1982–83 - 1983–84 - 1984–85 - 1985–86 - 1986–87 - 1987–88 - 1988–89 - 1989–90 - 1990–91 - 1991–92 - 1992–93 - 1993–94 - 1994–95 - 1995–96 - 1996–97 - 1997–98 - 1998–99 - 1999–00 - 2000–01 - 2001–02 - 2002–03 - 2003–04 - 2004–05 - 2005–06 - 2006–07 - 2007–08 - 2008–09 - 2009–10 - 2010–11 - 2011–12 - 2012–13 - 2013–14 - 2014–15 - 2015–16 - 2016–17 - 2017–18 - 2018–19 - 2019–20|
|Conference affiliations||CCHA (1977–1984, 1997–2013, 2021–future) - WCHA (1984–1997, 2013–2021)|
|Rivalries||Michigan Tech University Lake Superior State University|
|Culture & lore||Puckheads|
|All-time leaders||Bill Joyce (255 Points) - Gary Emmons (130 Goals) - Bill Pye (81 Wins)|
|Frozen Four appearances||1980 - 1981 - 1991|
|NCAA Tournament appearances||1980 - 1981 - 1989 - 1991 - 1992 - 1993 - 1999 - 2010|
|Conference Tournament titles||CCHA: 1980 - 1981|
WCHA: 1989 - 1991 - 1992
|Northern Michigan University - Marquette, Michigan|
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